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Image result for the red tent bookMonday, April 9th, 5:30pm

In The Red Tent, Anita Diamant uses the Book of Genesis, where Jacob, and his dozen sons are focused on, to flesh out the marginally mentioned character of Dinah.  The novel is told in Dinah’s voice as she reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood, and the world of the red tent.

It begins with the story of her mothers – Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah – the four wives of Jacob.  They give Dinah gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.  Diamant conjures up the ancient world of caravans, shepherds, farmers,midwives, slaves and artisans to bring Dinah and the ancient time period she lived in alive.